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D.L. King
Aspiring science fiction writer.
Aspiring science fiction writer.


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So, uh, this week I was a bit distracted. Not by the thing you’re thinking of… well, yeah, I suppose I was distracted by that too. But mostly I was distracted by writing an essay on the Penrose–Lucas argument (and why I think it’s bogus). The short, short version: Penrose (a physicist and mathematician) and Lucas (a philosopher) think that AI is impossible because humans can “see” the truth of certain things that a computer cannot prove, and I argue that humans aren’t seeing the truth so much as guessing at what might be true.

The details really go off into the weeds of mathematics, information theory, and computer science. You'd probably be bored to tears reading it.

So, uh, yeah. This is totally what I meant to write this week. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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National Novel Writing Month ( is a challenge to write the first draft of a 50,000-word novel over the course of November. Since November has 30 days, completing the challenge requires sustaining an average of 1,667 words per day.

I’m participating this year (, although I fully expect to fail the challenge. My personal goal is to improve the consistency of my output: I want to get into the habit of writing a modest but meaningful amount each day. If I’m writing at half or one third the speed required to complete NaNoWriMo on time, then so be it.

So far, I’ve written 2,900 words in 6 days, or 480 words per day average… which doesn’t sound too bad, as it’s roughly in the range I was hoping for (if a little low). Unfortunately, the number is skewed by an unusually productive day, and the truth is that I got no writing done this weekend. Up until now, my strategy for dealing with writer’s block on a given chapter has been to skip ahead to the next chapter, with the hope of coming back to the incomplete chapter after I have things more fleshed out. Unfortunately, I found myself blocked on what I wanted the next chapter to be, so things aren’t looking pretty at the moment.

Next up: I’m going to take a step back, try to figure out where I want things to go, then forge ahead on Monday.

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Here's a direct link to the Inkshares draft page for my novel.

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This last week, I’ve suffered from a pretty awful case of writer’s block: every time I sat down and tried to write, my mind wandered away and I couldn’t focus on the page. I finally broke that pattern this evening, managing to write about 700 words. My…

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I find that creating a new character from scratch is a tricky proposition. Most of the time, I already have a subconscious idea of the character’s goals before I start; after all, I created the character to serve a purpose in my story. But having goals isn’t enough…

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I’ve started the planning for my first proper novel. I’ve never taken part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which is in November)… and honestly, that probably won’t change this year, as I’m nowhere near ready to start writing. But it’s the…
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